World renowned experts from Australia, the UK and the Ukraine are to speak at an international conference on autism, hosted at the University of Leicester by the organization jelibean.com, which provides help, advice and advocacy services to those on the autism spectrum, and those with AD/HD. The event will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2010.
Jelibean.com is co-organised by Barbara Jacobs, acclaimed author of Loving Mr Spock, who is currently completing her PhD at the University of Leicester School of Education on 'Recognising and accommodating Autism Spectrum Conditions in Inclusive Education'. Her next book will be Autistic Intelligence, and why we can't live without it.
Her fellow organizer is Debi Evans, a former Ward Sister, mother of five children on the autism spectrum.
Barbara Jacobs commented: "We hope that this will be the first of a series of proposed annual conferences to be held in Leicester."
The jelibean.com International Conference on Autism will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2010 in the new David Wilson Lecture Theatre, at the University of Leicester. Speakers will be:
- Professor Tony Attwood, from Australia, a clinical psychologist and the author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, and Patron of jelibean.com, who will speak on cognition in Asperger's Syndrome.
- Professor Olga Bogdashina of the Ukraine, author of Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism, who will speak about sensory issues in autism;
- Professor Paul Cooper of the School of Education at Leicester and author of over 100 books and articles including Understanding and Supporting Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, who will speak about AD/HD and autism;
- Emeritus Professor Rita Jordan of the University of Birmingham, author of Autism with Severe Learning Difficulties, whose subject is severe and profound autism;